Opinion

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

Local Columns

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Declining population rates are concerning to everyone

Editorials

Whether or not to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point ...

Ticketing on weekends is bad move for Lewistown

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing concerning the Borough of Lewistown putting parking meter tickets on vehicles on Saturdays. I could not believe it when my daughter told me she got a ticket on Saturday, May 11, in front of the Coleman House while caring for her grandmother. The downtown is ...

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund is badly in need of replenishing

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund still hasn’t recovered from having been caught in the “storms” of recession and otherwise worsening state finances over much of the past decade. Ten years ago, the fund had a positive balance of $755 million. However, now, due to recession-related ...

Let’s thank our local EMS practitioners for their work

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Pennsylvania’s EMS providers responded to 1,606,540 emergency requests for assistance within the commonwealth in 2018. That equates to a dispatch every 19.6 seconds. Please join me in saying thank you to the local emergency medical service practitioners for their dedicated ...

Regional districts, merit selection for state judges long overdue

Editorials

Over the past 50 years, 53 of 96 seats in statewide judicial races have been won be candidates from Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh. That makes sense, given the trappings of a statewide judicial election. Most of the information about judicial candidates is ...

Thank you for help with recent Easter egg hunt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Burnham Lions want to thank everyone for their help and support with our Easter egg hunt and those who attended. Thanks to the Burnham Borough, Blue Chip Credit Union, The New Life Church in Burnham, Brad and Jennifer Wingard, Lions members for their help and the Easter ...

Mifflin County should be proud of its students

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On May 6, I was able to attend the PAECT Student Technology Showcase held at the capitol building in Harrisburg. Schools from all over Pennsylvania set up tables to display, demonstrate and explain how they are using technology in education. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was ...

The US should not fully surrender to China’s trade tactics

Editorials

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

No one, regardless of age, should be given a pass on terrorism

Editorials

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported recently. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...